Monday, January 28, 2013

Ladder Yarn Necklace Pattern: So easy

Ladder yarn necklaces are very popular at craft shows













A friend came to church wearing one of these ladder yarn necklaces that her sister bought at a craft festival. Everyone went crazy over it, thinking it was some kind of little sequins or beads. I realized upon close inspection of the loose strands that it was the same yarn I had picked up for almost nothing at the Goodwill! I had had it a long time, but hadn't really found anything for which it was suitable.

Upon looking online for the pattern, I found a YouTube video pattern. I wanted to make one for one of the ladies who was admiring it; she was having knee surgery the next day. That pattern employed tedious measuring and pre-cutting which is not my crafting style.  I like things you can mindlessly do during your favorite show! I made that one, tossed it, and made another one using my own design. Quick, easy, and fun!

So, here's my pattern. They turn out quite nicely. When I took it to the hospital that morning, I could have taken orders, but I had to beg off for lack of time. 

Here's the quick and easy pattern for a Ladder Yarn Necklace. The necklace is adjustable with the slider bead, but you can make one using 5-10 less chains for a shorter necklace. 

Materials:

  • Ladder ribbon yarn:  You can make at least 4 from a ball of the yarn.
  • You can order some yarn below through my Amazon store, if you can't find some. I was lucky to find some at the Goodwill!
  • Size J crochet hook
  • Bobby pin
  • Plastic pony bead (The kind that children string)











Instructions:

Leaving a 24" tail, tie a slip knot on the crochet hook. 
Chain 65 and tie off, leaving a 24" tail.



Repeat Steps 1 and 2 until you have 7 pieces.
Knot each side together right above the chain stitches in a neat slip knot.
Thread the loose strands on one side of the necklace into a bobby pin.





 Open end first, thread through the pony bead.



Thread both sides of strands through the pony bead





Do this with the other side, too, which is a bit trickier. In simpler words, thread each set of loose ends through the pony bead. It really doesn't matter which direction they are going as long as both are through the bead.

Pull the ends to the back



At this point, try it on and see how long you want it. The bead moves up and down to adjust the length. Leave some room to adjust before you knot it off.  See illustration below.






See that the bead can slide up and down to adjust the length.




Well, that's it! It is quite simple, even though the instructions for the silly bead sound complicated. 

Let me know if you make one, and leave a comment if you have any questions. 




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